Southland Fourth of July events
June 29, 2012 6:12PM
Oak Lawn will have its Fourth of July fireworks display at dusk Monday at Richards High School, 10601 S. Central Ave. | File photo
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Here is a look at Southland events to celebrate Independence Day.
Beecher: The village will host a Fourth of July festival through Wednesday in Firemen’s Park, 673 Penfield St. A parade will begin at 4 p.m. on the Fourth and there will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For an event schedule, visit www.villageofbeecher.org/pdf/2012-4thflyer.pdf or call (708) 946-2261.
Blue Island: The Blue Island Public Library will host a 45-foot-long traveling museum from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 2433 York Ave. The exhibit will showcase First Amendment freedoms. Information: (708) 388-1078, Ext. 30.
Chicago Heights: The city will host a live band performance and fireworks display Tuesday. The festivities will begin with live music by the Walk-Ins at 7 p.m. at the football field of Bloom High School, 101 W. 10th St. Information: (708) 756-5315.
Country Club Hills: The park district will host fireworks at dusk Wednesday at the Country Club Hills Theater, 4116 W. 183rd St. Information: (708) 798-2616.
Dolton: The park district will host a celebration from 1 p.m. until dusk Wednesday at Dolton Main Park, 14700 Evers Ave. The event will feature cookouts, prizes, line dancing and kids games. Information: (708) 841-0681.
Evergreen Park: The village will host an Independence Day parade at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, beginning on Pulaski Road and ending at 95th Street and Richmond Avenue. Fireworks will begin afterward at dusk in Duffy Park, 9101 S. Ridgeway Ave. Information: (708) 422-1551.
Flossmoor: The village will host a children’s parade at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Parker Junior High School parking lot, 2810 School St. Information: (708) 798-2300.
Frankfort: The park district and the village will host a celebration Wednesday at Main Park, 400 W. Nebraska St. Activities will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk. Festivities will include carnival games and a bean bag tournament. Information: (815) 469-9400.
Glenwood: The village will host a celebration at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwoodie Golf Course, 19301 State St. Fireworks begin at dusk. Activities include two live concerts by Randy J and the Lemmon Brothers. Information: (708) 753-2400.
Homewood: The village and park district will host a parade and Family Fun Fest on Wednesday. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. down Ridge Road and stops at the Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 W. Ridge Road. The Family Fun Fest runs from noon to 3 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Preserve. Information: (708) 957-0300.
Lemont: The park district will host a celebration at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Campus, 16028 127th St. Fireworks begin at dusk. Activities include kids’ games and inflatables. Food and a beer garden will be available. Information: (630) 257-6787.
Mokena: The Chamber of Commerce will host a “Patriots and Pioneers” parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday, beginning near Main Park, 10925 LaPorte Road, and traveling north on Wolf Road. Information: (708) 479-2468.
New Lenox: The village will host a celebration Wednesday at the New Lenox Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway. There will be music by two live bands from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There will be free parking at the Metra parking lot. Shuttle service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Information: (815) 462-6400.
Oak Forest: The Oak Fest Committee is hosting Oak Fest through Wednesday at 159th Street and Central Avenue. Activities include a carnival, live music and the Zoppe Family Circus. Admission is free. For the schedule of events, visit www.oakfest.com.
Oak Lawn: The annual Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 95th Street and 51st Avenue. It then will head westbound to 55th Court. The park district will host a celebration Wednesday. Family activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park, 94th Street and Nashville Ave. Evening entertainment will be held at the football field at Richards High School, 10601 S. Central Ave. Fireworks will begin at dusk after a performance by entertainer Dave Rudolf at 8:15 p.m. Information: (708) 857-2200.
Orland Park: The village will host a celebration Wednesday at Centennial Park, 15600 S. West Ave. Kids rides will open at noon and remain open until 8:30 p.m. The Libido Funk Circus will perform from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. VFW Post 2604 will present colors at 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks. Information: (708) 403-7275 or visit www.orland-park.il.us.
Palos Heights: The village will host a celebration at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park, 76th Ave. and College Drive. Activities include a petting zoo and giant slide. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Information: (708) 361-1807.
Palos Heights: The village will host a parade at noon Wednesday at Harlem Avenue and move from 126th Street to College Drive. Information: (708) 361-1807.
Park Forest: The recreation and parks department will host a concert and fireworks Wednesday. The concert will take place from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the Village Green, Cunningham and Main Street. The fireworks will take place at 9:15 p.m. at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail. Information: (708) 748-2005.
South Holland: The village will host a celebration at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Park, 160th Place and South Park Avenue. Fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m. Activities include camel rides, a Rib Fest contest and music by the South Holland Municipal Band. Information: (708) 210-2911.
Tinley Park: The village will host a celebration at 4 p.m. Wednesday at McCarthy Park, 16801 W. 80th Ave. The Arts Alive! Jazz Band and Bruce Karosa’s Polka Band will provide music. Festivities include free children’s games and inflatables. Beer and food tents open at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Information: (708) 444-5000.